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Marine waste report will provide critical data to guide decision-making

Marine waste report will provide critical data to guide decision-making

Thursday 22 April 2021

Marine waste report will provide critical data to guide decision-making


The Clean Earth Trust has received funding to deliver the island's first annual report on ocean waste.

The charity's Beach Clean Project has received financial backing from the Royal Bank of Canada to log and report on the types of marine waste that is being found across the Bailiwick.

That data will create a much-needed foundation upon which to make informed decisions about ways to tackle the problems facing our marine environment. 

“Becoming a partner of RBC’s Tech for Nature is a turning point in our operations as a charity," said Helen Quin from the Clean Earth Trust.

"We’re really excited to be joining their international community of organisations tackling environmental issues. The funding will support long-term, consistent and detailed monitoring of the types of waste impacting our marine habitats and wildlife."

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Pictured: The Clean Earth Trust regularly organises and participates in beach cleans across the Bailiwick. 

She continued: "We want the report to enable the island to make more insightful decisions on legislation to protect our coastline and its inhabitants, as well as facilitating engagement and conversation with organisations outside of the islands who are working towards similar goals."

The project, which hopes to unite the community in citizen science, will log and report on the types of marine waste that is being found across the Bailiwick.

The data gathered over the course of 2021 will "form the starting point" for the charity’s annual report, to be built upon on year by year.

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Pictured: This is the second 'citizen science' project to be announced in as many weeks. The Bailiwick Bat Survey is using a similar community-based approach and has been well received by Bailiwick residents. More on that project can be found HERE

The Clean Earth Trust is one of over 100 partners from around the world that will be supported this year by RBC’s Tech for Nature programme - a global multi-year commitment to support new ideas, technologies, and partnerships to address the world's most complex environmental challenges.

We’re proud to be working alongside The Clean Earth Trust to develop real-world, scalable solutions to tackle the challenges that continue to plague our environment," said Valerie Chort, Vice- President, Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability at RBC.

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